The Journal for MultiMediaHistory
Volume 1 Number 1 ~ Fall 1998

Founding Editors

Prof. Gerald ZahaviGerald Zahavi is Associate Professor of History at the University at Albany - State University of New York. He was trained at Cornell and Syracuse Universities, and received his doctorate in U.S. history from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University (with a specialization in economic, social, and labor history). He is the author of: Workers, Managers, and Welfare Capitalism: The Shoemakers and Tanners of Endicott Johnson, 1890-1950 (University of Illinois Press, 1988), and a number of articles on the history of labor and radicalism, most recently: "Passionate Commitments: Race, Sex, and Communism at Schenectady General Electric, 1932-1954," The Journal of American History, 83 (Sept. 1996) and "Who's Going to Dance With Somebody Who Calls You a Mainstreeter": Communism, Culture, and Community in Sheridan County, Montana, 1918-1934" The Great Plains Quarterly, 16 (Fall/Winter 1996). The latter article won the Frederick C. Luebke Award for the best article of the year published in The Great Plains Quarterly and the 1997 Western History Association's Ray Allen Billington Award. His current research focuses on labor and communism (a book, Embers on the Land, is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press), and on the history of General Electric. Zahavi teaches courses in labor and business history, local and regional history, oral and video history, radio documentary production, general U.S. history, as well as methods courses in quantitative and statistical analysis of historical data. Reflecting his interest in the use of media—old and new—to communicate history to a wide audience, Zahavi transformed the University at Albany History Department's WWW home page into a resource-rich site for researchers, teachers, and the general public. He is now actively involved in the creation of the History and MultiMedia Center at the University at Albany. In 1996, he founded Talking History, a consortium-produced radio program airing in the Midwest and in upstate New York, southern Vermont, and western Massachusetts, as well as over the Internet; he also serves as News and Public Affairs Director of WRPI-FM, a Pacifica-affiliated college/community radio station.

Prof. Julian Zelizer Julian Zelizer is Assistant Professor of History and Public Policy at the University at Albany - State University of New York. He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1996 and his B.A. from Brandeis University in 1991. He was also a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution from 1995 to 1996. Committed to interdisciplinary scholarship, Zelizer's research and teaching blend methodological insights from history, political science, and sociology. He is the author of numerous works, including Taxing America: Wilbur D. Mills, Congress, and the State, 1945-1975 (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming, December 1998); "`Where is the Money Coming From?' The Reconstruction of Social Security Finance, 1939-1950," Journal of Policy History, 9 (Fall 1997); "Learning the Ways and Means: Wilbur Mills and a Fiscal Community, 1954-1964," in W. Elliot Brownlee, editor, Funding the Modern American State, 1941-1995: The Rise and Fall of the Era of Easy Finance (Cambridge University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1996), 289-352; and "The Expansion of Social Security, 1969-1972," The McGraw-Hill Human History Project. Zelizer is currently working on a book about congressional reform during the 1960s and 1970s. He teaches U.S. history courses on the historiography of political history, the state in the twentieth century, and public policy since the New Deal. In his efforts to communicate history to the broader public, Zelizer regularly contributes to the radio show Talking History.

Managing Editor

Susan McCormick is a doctoral student in the Department of History, University at Albany - State University of New York. Her research focuses on: U.S. social history and the intersections of work, public policy and gender; oral and video history; and the integration of new media into research and teaching in history. She is completing a multimedia research and documentation project, Banning Homework: A Case Study of Class, Community and State in the Fulton County Glove Industry, that incorporates a traditional text narrative with a World Wide Web site, and an FM/Internet radio documentary. She is Associate Producer of Talking History a radio program broadcast on the radio and the Internet, that explores historical themes.

Editorial Board

Stephen Brier currently serves as the Assistant Provost for Technology and Instructional Media at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He cofounded, with the late Herbert Gutman, the American Social History Project(ASHP)at CUNY in 1981 and served as its director until spring 1998. Brier was the supervising editor and co-author of the two-volume Who Built America? textbook (Pantheon Books, 1990 and 1992), and co-creator and co-author (with Roy Rosenzweig) of the ASHP's award-winning CD-ROM, Who Built America? From the Centennial Celebration of 1876 to the Great War of 1914 (Voyager, 1993). He has written, directed and produced a number of award-winning historical documentary and public affairs videos and films. Brier has published numerous articles on new media and history and on issues of race and class in U.S. history in scholarly and popular journals. He received his Ph.D. in U.S. History, from UCLA.

Joshua Brown is currently Acting Director of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York. Creative Director since 1981, he illustrated and co-authored ASHP/CML's award-winning Who Built America? textbooks and CD-ROMs; co-wrote and co-directed the Project's video documentary programs; and co-produced the Project's multimedia work, most recently the History Matters Web site, as well as several projects in development, including Images of the French Revolution and Landscapes in Time. He has a Ph.D. from Columbia, has written extensively about the history of American visual culture, and is the author of the forthcoming Between The Lines: Frank Leslies's Illustrated Newspaper, the Pictorial Press, and the Crises of Gilded Age America. His illustrations, cartoons and comic strips have appeared in numerous print and digital publications.

Carolyn Lougee is a specialist in French social history and chair of the History Department at Stanford University. She is the creator of "The Would-Be Gentleman," a prize-winning simulation of life in seventeenth-century France that first appeared as Mac software and is now being converted to multimedia on the Web and an award-winning simulation of seventeenth-century French history for the Macintosh entitled Wheels For The Mind.. She received her B.A. from Smith College and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Her numerous publications have included Le Paradis des Femmes: Women, Salons, and Social Stratification in Seventeenth-Century France (Princeton University Press, 1976) and "'Reason for the Public to Admire Her': Why Madame de La Guette Published her Memoirs," in Elizabeth C. Goldsmith and Dena Goodman, eds. Going Public: Women and Publishing in Early Modern France (Cornell University Press, 1995). Lougee was also a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Richard Hamm is Associate Professor of History and Public Policy at the, University at Albany, State University of New York. He earned a BA in history from Florida Atlantic University in 1977, an MA in American History from Ohio State University in 1979, and received his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Virginia in 1987. Before coming to the University at Albany in 1990, he taught at Princeton University and the University of New Hampshire. Hamm specializes in the study of the interaction of law and society in nineteenth and twentieth-century America and is currently developing a Web site on American lawyers and liquor prohibition. He conceived and created the Virtual Conference: Writing History/Writing Fiction. He is the author of Shaping the Eighteenth Amendment (University of North Carolina Press, 1995), winner of the 1995 Henry Adams Prize, The Press and Virginia Justice (forthcoming), and is currently working on a book concerning jury service for women in the 1930s.

Mark Kornbluh is a member of the Department of History at Michigan State University. Kornbluh is the director of H-NET and the recipient of numerous national grants for his work on history and multimedia technology. He is the author of several publications, including Why American Stopped Voting: The Decline of Participatory Democracy and the Emergence of Modern Electoral Politics, 1880-1918 (New York University Press, forthcoming), Core Concepts in American History, with David T. Bailey (Harcourt Brace, Forthcoming on CD- ROM), and "Liberalism," The Harry S Truman Encyclopedia, ed. Richard S. Kirkendall (G. K. Hall, 1990).

Roy Rosenzweig is Professor of History at George Mason University, where he also heads the Center for History and New Media. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University and also studied at Columbia University in New York and Cambridge University in England. He is the co-author, with Elizabeth Blackmar, of the award-winning The Park and the People: A History of Central Park (Cornell University Press; Henry Holt paperback, 1998). His other publications include numerous articles, Eight Hours for What We Will: Workers and Leisure in an Industrial City, 1870-1920 (Cambridge University Press, 1985) and several edited volumes: Presenting the Past: Essays on History and the Public (Temple University Press, 1986), Government and the Arts in 1930s America (University Publishers Association, 1987), and History Museums in the United States: A Critical Assessment (University of Illinois Press, 1989). Rosenzweig's most recent "book" is the prize-winning multimedia CD-ROM, Who Built America? From the Centennial Celebration of 1876 to the Great War of 1914 (Voyager, 1993), with Steve Brier and Joshua Brown. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and has lectured in Australia as a Fulbright Professor. He is also the co-producer of a historical documentary film, Mission Hill and the Miracle of Boston. His forthcoming publications include the sequel to the Who Built America? CD-ROM and a book, coauthored with David Thelen, The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life. (Columbia University Press, 1998).


Mollie Marchione is a doctoral student in the Department of History, University at Albany - State University of New York. She serves as copyeditor of the Journal for MultiMedia History.

Danielle McMahon is a graduate student in the Department of History, University at Albany - State University of New York. She has extensive computing and computer graphics experience and has done graphics design and Web page development for The Civil War Trust and Apogee Research Inc., an environmental consulting firm. She assisted with the design work on the Journal for MultiMedia History.

Edward Knoblauch is a doctoral student in the Department of History, University at Albany - State University of New York. He assisted in the start-up work of the Journal.

Lynette Viviel is a work-study student assigned to the Journal for MultiMedia History. She is an aspiring archaeologist and a talented sketch artist. She assisted with the scanning of photographs and proofreading.

Andrea Lewis, computer science major and dancer, is a work-study student assigned to the Journal for MultiMedia History. She assisted with the proofreading of articles.

Kurt Tullar was a work-study student who helped establish a reviewer database for the Journal.


We would like to acknowledge the technical assistance and financial support of a number of University at Albany staff and administrators: Dan S. White, History Department Chair; Harriet Vincent Temps, Assistant to the Chair; Debra Neuls and Elaine Sevits, History Department staff; Associate Director/Webmaster Patricia McAuliff of the Academic Computing Center; and the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. We also thank Attorney Stewart Pollak for his legal assistance.

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